Mostly bare Camellia
Camellias are not something I know much about and my research has not been very fruitful. My mother has a about a 3'x3' camellias bush in her front bed. 1.5 years ago she got sick and for the next year or so the camellia, along with everything else, was neglected. It is now mostly bare with a few green leaves only at the end of each branch and then a little (very little) new growth at the very base. Last year, not sure when, I tried trimming it up a bit and getting rid of dead wood, but I was afraid to go very far. I suspected it had been way too dry so I start watering it more, but I am sure it is not overwatered. I threw down some azalea fertilizer at the same time. Nothing happened. Its not dead, but it won't grow or leaf out! It looks awful! Will it leaf out in the middle without a heavy pruning? How often and when do camellias put out new leaves. Does anyone know what my problem might be? Since they are slow growing, how long do you give it before you know that what your doing isn't working???? We are in the DFW area.